With budget cuts from state funding on the rise, UC campuses have been seeking a way to compensate. This year, UC campuses, with the exception of UC Berkeley, increased the number of admissions offered to non-Californians with the hope of bringing in more funding.
For the upcoming school year, UC campuses offered admission to 43 percent more out-of-state and foreign students than they did last year. This does not mean that the number of non-Californian students will rise by 43 percent. The hope of the UC campuses, over the next few years, is to raise enrollment of non-Californian undergraduates by 10 percent, bringing the enrollment of out-of-state undergraduates to 16.9 percent. As a result, the number of admissions offered to Californian applicants started to decrease. With this and the increase in number of applications from California residents, admission into UC campuses has become increasingly competitive for California residents.
Typically, higher competition entails reforms to shrink the application pool. At the eight UC campuses, however, the higher competition pertains only to state residential applicants, so these reforms were not implicated. In fact, in an effort to raise enrollment from out-of-state students, the UC schools have actually widened their application pool by dropping the requirement that students take two supplemental SAT subject exams.
The admissions rate for California students decreased from 69.7 percent last year to 65.8 percent this year. This decrease does not even adjust for the increase in applications this year. More specifically, UC Irvine cut in-state freshman admissions by 16.2 percent; UCLA cut in-state freshman admissions by 15.1 percent. To say the least, California residents are unhappy with the fact that their qualified, hard-working children are being turned away from their UC campus of choice to open spots for non-residents.